Ep 186: Emotional Intelligence is the Key to Better Leadership (with Daniel Goleman)

by Joan Garry

How can we improve our emotional intelligence and become better leaders as a result? Daniel Goleman, author of “Emotional Intelligence”, explains.


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Dan Goleman, world renowned psychologist and author, is the guru of Emotional Intelligence. After all, he actually wrote the best-selling book “Emotional Intelligence,” a book that’s sold over 5 million copies and was named one of the 25 most influential business management books by Time Magazine.

Dan believes, as do I, that improving your emotional intelligence will make you a better leader. That’s right up my alley! The entire reason I do this podcast is to help you become a better nonprofit leader. It’s why I named my online platform for leaders of small and mid-sized nonprofits the Nonprofit Leadership Lab.

So let’s say we all agree that higher emotional intelligence leads to better leadership. How do we improve our emotional intelligence? Maybe you think it’s innate and not something you can improve?

Turns out, there are totally ways to get better at this and that’s exactly what Daniel and I discuss how to do on today’s episode.

About Daniel Goleman:

Psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus, Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. A frequent speaker to businesses of all kinds and sizes, he has worked with leaders around the globe, examining the way social and emotional competencies impact the bottom-line. 

Ranked one of the 10 most influential business thinkers by the Wall Street Journal, Goleman’s articles in the Harvard Business Review are among the most frequented requested reprints of all time: his article there, “The Focused Leader” won the 2013 HBR McKinsey Award for best article of the year. 

Apart from his writing on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy and the ecological crisis. He is also the host of the podcast First Person Plural: Emotional Intelligence and Beyond – a podcast about us, the systems we’re a part of, and how we create an emotionally intelligent future.


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